Lynn Thornton from Oldfield Brow Primary School in Altrincham

About your visit

The Lowry is committed to working with education providers and young people to provide access to the arts.

Tapping into the work on our stages and in our galleries, we offer thousands of creative opportunities. If you are coming to see a show or studying a text we can support you to explore it.

Our Creative Learning programme is designed to meet the needs of you as a teacher and your students. We work closely with teachers to create a varied and diverse offer for schools linking to many areas of the curriculum. Whether your class are studying Shakespeare, storytelling, physical theatre, comedy or mindfulness and well-being we can create a workshop or experience specifically for you.

Bags and luggage are not allowed in the galleries. Please use the free cloakroom facilities to store your belongings.

Opening Times

Open Tuesday to Friday 11am-5pm & Weekends 10am-5pm
(Monday daytime The Lowry is closed)

Open Monday to Sunday in line with performance times.


Inspire learning outside of the classroom with our changing exhibitions and LS Lowry Collection

We’re pleased to offer you a resource pack in advance of your visit, to help you prepare and focus your group if you need a little extra inspiration.

Self-guided visits are completely free but they must be booked in advance. Give us a call on 0343 208 6000 or 0343 208 1850 – and don’t forget to let us know if you would like a resource pack.

These packs for teachers include:

  • full colour images
  • information and suggested activities on the themes of LS Lowry
  • the local landscape
  • temporary exhibitions information
  • the architecture of the building

Our packs are designed for use by teachers to support visits to The Lowry, or as a standalone resource to support classwork.

Booking Information

All school visits to theatre shows, activities and visits to our Galleries must be booked in advance. Our Group Sales Team talks with schools daily and is experienced in meeting the needs of teachers. They are ready to answer your questions or take bookings any time between 10am and 6pm, with easy payment arrangements including credit card or invoice.

Get in touch with the team on 0343 208 6000 or 0343 208 1850 or alternatively you can call the Learning and Engagement Team on 0161 876 2086.

Lunch Space

An informal lunch space is usually available on request, although places are limited. Please let us know your requirements when booking.

Special Educational Needs

All of our workshops can be delivered to groups with special educational needs. Please call 0161 876 2042 to discuss special requirements or content.

Risk Assessment

We have written a helpful risk assessment guide to assist teachers when visiting The Lowry. Please call 0161 876 2086 to request a copy or download one here.

Familiarisation Visits

The Lowry encourages teachers to make a preparatory visit to assess the facilities available to school groups. Simply call 0161 876 2086 to arrange a visit.

Directions to The Lowry

We’re easy to reach, right at the heart of Salford Quays. Visit ‘how to get here’ for more information.


If you are a group of 10 or more, you are entitled to some wonderful benefits at The Lowry.

The Lowry is a great day out. From admiring some of the fantastic pieces of art in our galleries, to enjoying one of our marvellous shows, there is something for everyone!

The Benefits

  • Dedicated group booking line
  • No booking fees
  • Discount on the majority of our shows
  • Book now, pay later!
  • Convenient drop off point for coaches
  • No deposits required
  • Reservations are invoiced, making it easy for you to review
    your tickets
  • We accept payments by cheque, BACs and credit card
  • Long reservation periods, giving you plenty of time to amend
    and pay for your tickets (see our terms and conditions for details)

Booking Information

Groups Department

Phone: 0343 208 6000 or 0343 208 1850
Email: The department is open Monday to Friday. 9.30am – 5.30pm

Pier Eight

Phone: 0161 876 2121 | Groups of 8 or more require a deposit to hold the table. We also require a food pre-order 48 hours prior to the date of dining.

Groups Sign-up Sheet

Never made a group booking before? Don’t worry, we have made it easier for you. Simply print our groups sign-up sheet, and pop it on your notice board at work or in your local community centre.  Click here to print your copy.

Coach parking

The Lowry coach park accommodates up to 25 coaches (free of charge for pre booked groups). There is a drop off point directly in front of The Lowry.

Guided Tours & Little Extras

Groups of between 10 and 20 can buy a day pass. This includes a guided tour of The Lowry building, where you’ll discover some quirky facts about The Lowry’s design and development along with a brief history of the Manchester Ship Canal from Docks to a new leisure destination. You will then have a tour of the Galleries, where you can learn more about our namesake LS Lowry with an introduction to the man and his work. In addition to this, you will also receive a free cup of tea or coffee. All this for just £10 per person! Tours last approximately an hour, and are available between 11am and 3.30pm

Galleries tour

If your group are interested solely in a tour of the Galleries, it is possible to book a special tour for a small charge of £5 per person. Tours last approximately 30 minutes and are available daily at either 11am or 1pm. These tours can be tailored to your group needs, and either focus on specific elements of Lowry’s work or give a wider introduction to the man and his work. We can also give tours on our special exhibitions changing throughout the year. To find out more please click the exhibitions tab above.

If your group would like to admire our Galleries at your own pace, it is possible to enter free of charge, though donations are always welcome. As a group of 10 or more we ask that you book your free visit in advance to ensure we have the capacity to accommodate you on your chosen day.

All tours must be booked and paid for at least 2 weeks in advance. Groups are asked to book as far in advance as possible to avoid disappointment. If you have any questions, or you would like to make a booking, please contact us on the number below in the Groups Department section.

Dining in Pier Eight Restaurant as a Group

Pier Eight welcomes large parties – from family reunions to birthday bashes, office lunches to retirement dinners.  Our fantastic menus have been designed with you in mind to help keep things simple and flowing for groups. We can arrange informal drinks receptions, wine matching and much more. Lastly, you are welcome to drop in table decorations, balloons and cakes as appropriate and we will do our utmost to ensure your event is as special as it should be.

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